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    Killing The Dead – Marcus Sedgewick

    1963. Foxgrove School near Stockbridge, Massachusetts. One of the oldest and finest academies in the country – but what really goes on behind closed doors? Nathaniel Drake, the new young English teacher, Isobel Milewski, the quiet girl who loved to draw spirals, her fingers stained with green ink, Jack Lewis, who lent Isobel books – just words, just ink on paper, Margot Leya, the girl with those eyes – who are they, what part have they played in killing the dead?  Follow the dark, dark path Into the dark, dark woods To the dark, dark bridge By the dark, dark water. Linger. Let the ghosts of heaven tell their story.  A stylish and creepy story…

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    5 Ways to Celebrate World Book Day at Home

    On Thursday 7th March, we will be celebrating the 22nd World Book Day: a registered charity which supplies gift vouchers to schools in the UK to ensure children are able to own their favourite books.  World Book Day is usually celebrated within schools. Some schools celebrate book characters by encouraging children to dress up as their favourite book characters and often, book-related activities take place in the classroom.  However, there are ways that we can bring World Book Day from the classroom and celebrate it in the house. Here are just 5 ways in how it can be celebrated at home: Bedtime Reading Bedtime reading has always proven great for…

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    World Book Day virtual tour: Patrick Ness Q&A

    As part of World Book Day on March 7th I was invited to interview Award-winning Author Patrick Ness about writing and his books in general. It was a great chance to find out more about the writing process of Patrick and I want to thank the guys at WBD and Patrick for taking the time to answer these questions:  1. A physical book is a reassuring weight, and you spoke passionately in defence of libraries in your Carnegie Medal acceptance speech. Given the vast growth of digital media, and the increasing ethereal nature of the world in which we live, do you believe that there will always be an “Either/Or”…

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    Mini reviews: Bully for You by Dawn Porter and Magpie Soup by Dave Cousins

    So on World Book Day there was an app released for many devices which featured a few YA authors short stories. I downloaded the app and when I couldn’t sleep a few nights again thought I’d try a couple of the stories, here are my thoughts.  Magpie Soup by Dave Cousins: It’s Mum’s funeral today. Dad’s completely lost the plot and just tried to go out without his trousers on. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Mum didn’t want a house full of sad people trying not to cry. Which is why I made some alternative arrangements of my own. . . This story was about a girl who…

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    Teachers Tales of Terror – Chris Priestley

    “It was the beginning of March and the air was chill and dank. Mrs Nesbitt, the head teacher of St Apollonia’s School, stood in the playground, peering up at the darkening sky through her wire-rimmed spectacles. She Shivered and hoped the snow that was forecast would not arrive.” On World Book Day St Apollonia’s School hosted a “Victorian dress up day” to celebrate it’s heritage. One of the schools teachers had called in sick and Mr Munro arrived to take care of the class which was without a teacher… or at least that was meant to happen. The teacher arrives and takes part in a class, sharing with them three…